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Imagine waking up one day and finding yourself on a filthy floor full of rags or maybe a street corner You look at yourself to find you are wearing the same clothes you wore yesterday and the day before However they are filthy with lots of holes in the knees and elbows You touch your hair only to find a pile of grease and dirt that obvious it has not been washes in days or maybe even weeks You have no place to do ever since you lost your job You are hungry but you ignore it because there is nothing for you to eat and you have no money to buy food You have no job money family and hope You have just experienced how it was like during The Great Depression The Grapes of Wrath is historically accurate in the problems that people went through during the Great Depression It is a story of one family in particular and a group of people and what they went through during that period As far as accuracy goes the family does not exist but they represent what families had to go through then The Great Depression is the worst and the longest economic collapse in history of the industrial world It began in 1929 and ended in the early 1940s It all started when the wealthy made large profits but the Americans spent more than they earned and farmers faced low prices and a large debt These problems led the stock market crash of 1929 Many Americans purchased stocks and many sold them Many people purchased sold in a fast pace and over sixteen million stocks were sold Because of that stock prices dropped to a fraction of their value Banks lost money and from people who could not pay back their loans About thirteen million workers lost their jobs Many Americans traveled throughout the country in search for a place to
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